Welcome back to 2020 ... a new decade and more books!
Reading is a great way to better understand what people from across the globe struggle with in their everyday lives, and it helps us reflect on our own situation.
Welcome back to 2020...and a new decade! How exciting. How many books did you read in the last one? I’m sure you can read more now. You can read to learn, gain knowledge, discover information, to escape reality, relax and just because you are privileged enough that you can.
How can the library support you as you enjoy reading this semester?
It’s that time of the year when we look forward to freezing! Actually we are looking forward to ‘Freeze and Read’ time. Get ready to drop everything and read when the announcement is made. You will need to make sure you have something to read with you. You never know who might ‘snap’ you! Why don’t you challenge yourself to read a new genre or a new author?
When? Anytime during January 27-31.
There’s still lots of time left to reach your Sakura Reading Goal. Hope you can remember it, but if you have forgotten you will have the chance to review your goals when you visit the library with your class. Spring is a long way off yet so keep going and then you will be able to take part in the voting celebration.
Reading is a great way to better understand what people from across the globe struggle with in their everyday lives, and it helps us reflect on our own situation. We have a number of books that relate to the Black Saturday fires that destroyed life and property in Australia recently. If you are interested in finding out more about different perspectives of the ongoing situation ask for these books.
Finally …. Taking part in the Sakura Art Competition is a great way to show your creativity. If you are a keen artist don’t forget to submit your art. This is due to the library by the 24th January.
Check the library homepage to see the covers of some of our new books.
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Children and, indeed, adults do not have access to their thinking and reasoning skills when they are flooded with emotions.
The winning books, as voted by students in Japan, are announced.
For adults and children alike, routine and predictability are calming during times of stress.
Globally people are experiencing a different sense of loss too. I’m basing this discussion on the SCARF model by Cezar Danilevici.
As the reality of another week of distance learning and disruption of our regular routines sets in this week, I’d like to focus on keeping it simple and go back to some parenting basics.
Whether in Tokyo or abroad, many of us are under self-quarantine. It is important to be aware of cabin fever syndrome – rooted in the feeling of confinement and isolation for an uncertain period of time.
At this time, we would like to encourage our community to take the time to practice self-care. We might find this to be a highly stressful and challenging period. We can help manage our anxiety by acknowledging and discussing our feelings about this situation with loved ones or with myself as the KG/ Elementary counselor who is trained and equipped to deal with stressful situations like this.
It has been great to see the art contributions and hear the important discussions that have taken place and note how this competition has supported learning.
"Gung Hei Fat Choi!" from Grade 1 - Celebrating the Year of the Rat, in Visual Arts classes